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Don’t Worry About New Year’s Resolutions – Set Realistic Goals Instead

by Rebecca Raub

         Every year, many people around the world write down or mentally list New Year’s Resolutions, or goals they hope to accomplish during the new year. Year after year, however, many are disappointed when they find that they were unable to accomplish what they promised they would just twelve months ago.

         Yet, we still find ourselves setting the same ones, convincing ourselves that this year will be different, and ignoring the little voice in our head that says maybe we set the bar a bit too high. If this sounds all too familiar, you are not alone. Many people find themselves unable to commit to their New Year’s Resolutions.

         Now this doesn’t mean we all do, and I know many do stick to theirs, and I admire those people and their dedication. However, if you relate to this so far, here is some advice for this year: plan to rearrange your resolutions if you already have some, or if you don’t have any yet, don’t create new ones.

Sophomore Valerie Coleman says, “We should set broader goals because they are easier to achieve and more people can accomplish them.”

         Where am I coming from on this? The term New Year’s Resolution to me sounds really restricting. It is a promise that we make year after year, but sometimes we really know they won’t work out anyway.

Sophomore Savannah Crosson says, “Instead of having strict resolutions, we should set goals that are more realistic so that we don’t get stressed when we can’t go through with them.”

         I think that instead of creating New Year’s resolutions, such as quitting soda altogether or working out for 30 minutes a day, because that may not be super realistic, we should all aim to create broader, achievable goals for the year. These could be general ideas that we make in order to improve ourselves, such as becoming confident or instead of working out for 30 minutes everyday, something smaller, like trying to eat healthier.

        Sophomore Jessica Anderson says, “It’s not that you shouldn’t make them but everyone makes them unrealistic so they never work out and it makes you really sad when you can’t do it.”

         If we set broader goals each year, instead of resolutions we will stress about, we can achieve these. New year, not new you, because you can’t change overnight. Instead: new year, new goals.